My first car was a 1965 Chevy Impala SS, 396 with a four-on-the-floor. The Caprice made its debut that year, based on the Impala. In an ironic twist of fate, the 1996 Chevy Impala SS, the las...
My first car was a 1965 Chevy Impala SS, 396 with a four-on-the-floor. The Caprice made its debut that year, based on the Impala. In an ironic twist of fate, the 1996 Chevy Impala SS, the last true RWD muscle car to be built by Chevrolet, was based on the Caprice of that era.
I purchased my dark cherry 1996 SuperSport from the son of the original owner. With 98K on the odometer, this car still looks, runs, and drives like a new car. The engine is quick, powerful, and responsive. The transmission (still a four-on-the-floor, but now an automatic) shifts smoothly and quickly. The stainless steel dual exhaust has a deep growl that hints at the powertrain's frisky nature. The car cruises down the road straight and true, and corners like it's on rails, with hardly a noticeable yaw or body roll. It delivers a solid, comfortable ride. The suspension, brakes, and cooling consist of a "police interceptor" package.
This vehicle is extraordinarily reliable. It starts easily and quickly regardless of weather extremes. The leather seats are comfortable and solid, and the lumbar support is excellent. As a handicapped individual, ease of entry/exit from the car, and the comfort and support of the seats was essential. The factory Bose AM/FM/CD stereo system still works perfectly and gives great sound.
The turning radius on this beautiful beast is one of its drawbacks. Tight spots require alot of maneuvering to get in and out. The center console should have been designed with at least one cup holder, but one can always make do.
As a highway cruiser, this car is stellar. It's quiet and comfortable. The controls are easy to reach and operate (lights, radio, and climate control). I'll be looking for a way to increase fuel economy, but currently averaging 16 mpg. I use it mainly for picking up groceries, mail, and driving to the VA for medical appointments. At almost 20 years old, this car turns heads everywhere I go, and has even gottten some double- and triple-takes.
In between my Chevy SuperSports, I've driven cars from every GM Division. Now that I'm back in a Chevy, I feel like I'm back home. I'm looking forward to a road trip next Spring or Summer!